INTEGRAL FORMATION®

Overbrook Academy implements the Integral Formation® method of education - a comprehensive system for developing and operating schools in accordance with the principles of education presented by Semper Altius. This method of education is successfully developing authentic Catholic leaders in schools worldwide. Based on the Christian view of the person, Integral Formation® focuses on the complete development of all dimensions of the person: intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic.
Integral Formation® is summed up in the motto of our mission: To Teach; To Educate; To Form.

  • To Teach: informing the mind, transmitting appropriate knowledge;
  • To Educate: cultivating the heart to love authentic values and a sense of what is good, just, and beautiful;
  • To Form: forging the will and shaping character in virtue as a basis for integrity.

INTELLECTUAL FORMATION

Overbrook Academy sets high, yet attainable, academic expectations for its students. Not only is solid intellectual formation an important part of the integral development of a person, it is essential to forming great leaders. 

HUMAN FORMATION

Human formation cultivates a person’s sensibility to what is good, just, and beautiful, recognizing the harmony of creation in relation to man, nature, and society. It also includes social etiquette, an appreciation for the arts and physical fitness, resulting in a healthy mind in a healthy body. Graduates of Overbrook Academy are persons of character and integrity:

  • Their behavior reveals that they possess principles based in truth that govern their actions and passions. As mature individuals they show firmness of will and self-control.
  • They value and cultivate the virtues of justice, sincerity, fidelity to their word, commitment, honesty, and a well-formed conscience.
  • They have a healthy self-confidence and respect for others.
  • They present themselves appropriately in all situations, being neatly groomed and attired.
  • They are articulate, capable of convincing others of the truth with charity and consideration.
  • Because of their generosity, perseverance, trustworthiness, sense of duty, and responsibility, they are valued members of their community.
  • Their charity, integrity, honesty and compassion make them good and loyal friends.
  • They value good health, hygiene, physical fitness, and the benefits of putting these into practice. 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

The Integral Formation® method of education aims to help each student fulfill the mission for which she was created, developing a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ becomes the ultimate motive for all the student’s choices and actions. 

The student’s intellectual and human growth moves closer to perfection through God’s grace and the student’s spiritual efforts. Spiritual formation is an ongoing process of conversion.  The goal of the spiritual formation program is to help all the students develop an authentic spiritual life.  Their thoughts and actions are influenced by a Christian view of the human person and of the world. 

APOSTOLIC FORMATION

Apostolic formation enables the students to go into society to serve as Christian leaders and apostles, actively responding to the needs of the Church and humanity, creating a civilization of justice and love. Through serving others and a vibrant apostolic life, each student discovers Christ, becomes more like Christ and experiences His love more profoundly.

The objective of apostolic formation is to develop in our students the heart of an apostle, a heart sensitive and responsive to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others. The apostolic formation program at Overbrook Academy involves weekly apostolic projects in 7 local parishes and 4 nursing homes as well as an active weekly participation in prolife activities within the diocese. The students go out every Sunday and occasionally on Saturdays or other week days to carry out their apostolic projects by teams.

By serving others in these activities, the students are brought into contact with the realities of life, thus awakening in them a sense of responsibility that will grow throughout their lives.

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